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Issue 3, August 1

Issue 4, August 2

Issue 5, August 4

Issue 6, August 5

Issue 7, August 6

Issue 8, August 7

Issue 9, August 8 (Final)

Church sees future with 20/20 vision
A whole world in our hands
Griswold gladdened by Convention’s prayer, ‘mission energy’
How are you implementing the 20/20 vision for the church’s future?
Deputies concur: Same-sex rites in use, but common liturgies must wait
Budget decisions favor youth, cultural services
Committee elected to nominate candidates for next Presiding Bishop
For the living of these days
For the facing of this hour
Wrap-up of legislation
Media and mission
U.N.’s Jeffrey Sachs calls Church to moral challenge of reconciliation
World Mission statement calls for new focus on evangelism, service
Anglican Observer takes Convention as opportunity to connect with U.S. Episcopalians
Well, yes, we made it after all!
Churchwide action on same-gender blessings must wait, bishops say
Three cheers for volunteers
Consent decision sparks widespread reaction
In unity, diversity, ecumenical visitors share insights
What are you and your congregation doing to improve the environment?
Earth to Convention…protect our food
Those who opposed Robinson’s consent determined to go forward
Saints of God photo
Deputies elect Anderson VP; Werner re-elected president
Venezuela joins ECUSA
Venezuela nueva diócesis de ECUSA
Robinson ratified; Bishops vote 62-43
Interfaith voices strong in support, but church members fear divisions
Native American singers and drummers photo
Title III debate moves forward, sans dramatic changes
What can individuals do to further world peace?
Transfiguration: bomb tests spark lessons in peace
Nazi treatment of gays recalled
Signs and Wonders
Committee expedites 97 late-breaking resolutions
Accusations put Robinson consent on hold
Hiroshima and Healing
Bishop recalls Hiroshima blast: ‘I felt like the room…was dyed purple’
Unawareness is root of all racism, PB tells forum
Youth, young adults lead budget priorities
How should the church invest in youth?
Young adult voices replace rhetoric, command respect
Title III revision favors standing committees’ referral of candidates
Cultural competence essential for seminarians, advocates say
Culturally diverse rites vital to 20/20, bishops affirm
Saints come marching in
Gold: the color of our church
Deputies OK Robinson election
I will raise them up!
'One people reconciled'
Why must the church continue to confront racism?
Once deacons themselves?
Puerto Rico diocese joins ECUSA
Puerto Rico miembro pleno de ECUSA
Francis and Solheim honored
Bishops reject direct ordination to priesthood
Bishops to mull local option for same-sex rites
What is your opinion of capital punishment?
Robinson hearing sets stage for Deputies
Gap widens to chasm says Cape Town archbishop
Sunday Eucharist set for 10 a.m.; Nigerian Archbishop to preach
Witnesses debate blessings’ potential for mission
Ryan reiterates why he could not throw the switch
To the Pointillism
My Lord! What a morning of prayer
Miscellaneous Photo
Chapel's stations update Way of Cross
Art is muse for meditation
What is your prayer for Convention?
For all the saints: Bishops recommend names to calendar
20/20 energy surges through Convention
We're one big, happy Abrahamic family
Christian hope grew in Ground Zero's grief
Being a peace church in the world of war
Church's mission starts with inclusion
No more conversation on women’s ordination, committee decides
Briefly Noted…
Shop now in marketplace of faith
Miscellaneous Photos
Ethnic communities launch new caucus
Sexuality issues spark ‘teachable moments’across Convention
Dioceses encouraged to take up mission of reconciliation
This Family Robinson: New granddaughter delights bishop-elect
How does reconciliation occur in your diocese?
‘We need the gift of one another…,’ PB tells Convention
Nightly ‘General Convention News’ broadcast makes debut
Church’s youngest members find Convention home
Baptismal covenant forms foundation for Title III revisions
Comunidades étnicas se organizan para la Convención General
Catch cues from Cape Town
Middle East, 9/11, Bridging Cultures, 20/20... Can We Talk?
How is the General Convention reflecting the diversity of the Church?
Consent votes for bishops-elect
Visitors, guests emphasize our global connections
Experienced news teams working this convention
Enjoy Minneapolis – but not too much!
Young people add their voices to mix at convention
Budget seeks to reconcile abundance of faith in time of scarcity
Worship to embrace diversity of languages, cultures, music
Morning aims to help participants ground decisions in prayer
Peace group to mark Hiroshima anniversary, host workshops
The Witness magazine to honor peace and justice advocates
American Anglican Council offers ‘Place to Stand’ for traditional views
Collaborative of ministry groups share in ‘Claiming the Blessing’
Video showcases women’s ministries
Be sure to find “The Great Minnesota Welcome”
Committee members ponder issues of faith and genetics, food safety

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Gold: the color of our church


The Keywords of the General Convention, 2003, in Spanish

National Latino ministries officer Daniel Caballero (left) greets Bishop Assistant Sergio Carranza of Los Angeles

There were pots of gold in the Marriott Ballroom Saturday night: they were bathing in the light of a human rainbow gathered for food, fun, and fellowship under an emerging banner.

Welcome to the New Community, the face of the church of the 21st century.

And this community will continue to grow and become more visible after Convention adjourns, as racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity continues to expand in parishes and dioceses.

Saturday night, this preview — presented by bishops of Chicago, Connecticut, Los Angeles, Michigan, Southern Ohio, and Southeast Florida, among others; by the Ethnic Congregational Development Office; and by the Eighth Province — Intercultural Ministry Development — had everyone dancing the Electric Slide.

“As I look around, it looks like a mosaic of beautiful people,” exclaimed Juanita Betz-Peterson from the Diocese of Lexington (Ky.).
Deep red walls hung with bright-colored woven cloth framed party-goers in everything from casual to trendy to traditional dress, including dashikis, caftans, and guayabera shirts. There was clerical attire, as well.

Arthur Williams, retired bishop from Ohio, since January interim director of ethnic clergy development in New York, was an organizer of the New Community event. Pleased by the turn-out, he and his wife, Lynette, watched the party unfold. 

 “The work is to celebrate diversity in the Episcopal Church. To bring resources together so that more people can move into the center of the church,” Williams said.

Children scampered about, old friends hugged, and, in one corner, guests pushed tables and chairs together to accommodate several dozen guests.

Beverly Scipio, a deputy from Ohio, commented: “The time has come when people from every nation and tongue can sit at the table of brotherhood and truly reflect the kingdom of God without shame or apology.”

Food and music were effective ice-breakers. The buffet featured a global array of hors d’oeuvres. Vernon Tinsley had programmed an evening of live music — reggae, jazz, third world, gospel, pop, and gentle funk.

At one point the dance floor resembled the multicultural Church of the Electric Slide, with dozens of smiling people in all skin and hair colors united in the lively line dance.

“It’s beautiful to me to see the groups here,” said Helen Batts, a deputy from West Tennessee. “I didn’t know what to expect. This reminds me of a beautiful bouquet.”


Full General Convention 2003 Schedule

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